What are the causes of epilepsy and seizures?

What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which people have recurrent seizures. This happens when groups of nerve cells in the brain send abnormal signals. Such patients may behave strangely or have jerks of limbs or lose consciousness.
What is Seizure?
A seizure is the physical manifestation which occurs due to abnormal brain activity. It is also referred to as convulsion. When recurrent fits or seizures or convulsions occur unprovoked, the condition is called Epilepsy. There are many types of seizures and the Neurologist can help diagnose and treat these. Seizures can occur in people without epilepsy.

Epilepsy symptoms:
These are what we call seizures. They can manifest in multiple ways. Common types are: feeling out of touch with surroundings, jerks of limbs, twitches of face, episodes of loss of consciousness.

Epilepsy treatment:
Epilepsy can be treated with modern medicines. The Neurologist chooses the medications according to the type of seizure and various other factors. Usually tests like MRI and EEG and some blood tests are performed to find out the reason for the seizure.

Dr P R Krishnan has special interest in Epilepsy and has many international publications on Epilepsy. Dr P R Krishnan is a reputed Neurologist in Bangalore consulting at Bannerghatta road.

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